20 August 2009

Thursday Tea: Death of a Travelling Man by M. C. Beaton

Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

The Tea

This week I'm drinking Stash's Pomegranate Raspberry Green tea: It "blends thirst-quenching pomegranate with the zing of natural raspberry flavor and green tea." This makes a super iced tea, which I'm drinking unsweetened. Very cooling during these hot August afternoons.

The Book

I'm listening to Death of a Travelling Man by M. C. Beaton. It's the ninth in the Hamish Macbeth series, which takes place in the fictional town of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. Hamish has recently been promoted to sergeant, which means he is stuck with an assistant, Police Constable Willie Lamont. As always, the seemingly unambitious and lazy Hamish is two steps ahead of everyone else in solving the case. One of the charms of the series is getting to know the townspeople, especially the lovely Priscilla. Excellent escape reading. This is a fun series read by the fabulous Davina Porter.

The Assessment

Iced pomegranate raspberry may taste wonderful to me, but Hamish probably wouldn't touch the stuff. He'd be drinking coffee or "regular" black tea, preferably with a wee dram of Scotch added to the mug. But I'm in central Pennsylvania, where it is hot and muggy, and a cold drink is the only way to go.

What are reading or listening to this week? If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, what drink is helping you beat the dog days of August?


Margot at Joyfully Retired 8/20/09, 8:08 AM  

Your book sounds fun and your drink sounds refreshing. Perfect for summer.

caite 8/20/09, 8:57 AM  

need a cold drink? then maybe you need to ditch the tea and go with Hamish's scotch with one cube of ice.

Of course that raises a whole other controversy in the scotch world....

Julie P. 8/20/09, 8:59 AM  

Your tea sounds delicious! I'm still stuck on my mint iced tea this week!

Sandy Nawrot 8/20/09, 9:11 AM  

I like anything with pomegranate in it...especially pomegranate cosmopolitans that my husband makes! Sigh. But here I sit drinking a Diet Coke! I love series that have colorful characters. When you pick up a book, it is like old home week. And Davina! How does that work, with Claire talking back at you in a different setting? It would freak me out a little, I think!

bermudaonion 8/20/09, 9:39 AM  

Pomegranate raspberry sounds wonderful to me, too!

Belle 8/20/09, 1:45 PM  

I've been looking for another nice series to start in audio now that I'm finished with the Ceepak ones. Will definitely have to check this one out.

Stacy 8/20/09, 3:41 PM  

This humidity takes some getting used to...or does one? I don't want to think about it. Water and root beer on ice for me right now. I have Quiche of Death on my tbr for September. It will be my first Beaton. Very excited especially when I read other bloggers enjoying Beaton.

Anonymous,  8/20/09, 4:59 PM  

Love pomegranate tea! Today I'm drinking iced mangosteen, which is also yummy :)

Nise' 8/20/09, 7:04 PM  

With Davina Portor reading I know its good! I just began Voyager, book three in the Outlander series. Drinking Lipton Diet Green Tea really cold as it is hot here in Michigan.

Melody 8/20/09, 7:52 PM  

I've tried drinking pomegranate but never in a tea form. I'd have to look out for those!

The Reading Momster 8/20/09, 8:49 PM  

That tea sounds yumm! I am surprised at the experimentation you do :)

i wish i could get this tea here :)

the book sounds good too!

The Reading Momster 8/20/09, 8:53 PM  

That first few bold lines took me by surprise :)
Sounds really good.

I have never seen a lizard that color. The pic is awesome!

And congrats on your nomination, you deserve it!

The Bumbles 8/20/09, 8:59 PM  

Hamish - sounds so utterly Scottish. Do you think it's like the American equivalent of Steve or John? ;0)

Becca 8/21/09, 1:39 AM  

Hmm...haven't heard of that series. Sounds interesting! And that tea sounds delicious!!

Kim Allen-Niesen 8/21/09, 1:53 AM  

This sounds like a good series as a follow up to the Outlander series, great fun reading.

Dorte H 8/21/09, 5:10 PM  

Your book sounds really promising, and you have made me realize I am very thirsty!

Should I choose a mug of coffee or a quiet bedtime beer? That is the question.

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